92 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2013
(75% syrah and 25% grenache): Inky ruby. High-pitched cherry, blackberry and violet scents are given depth by notes of licorice and cola. Spicy and precise, offering intense black raspberry and floral pastille flavors that become sweeter with air. Closes smooth and very long, with resonating spiciness and fully absorbed tannins. This sexy wine is already delicious but has the concentration to age.
94-96 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...
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While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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